Mizoram and Assam will hold talks at the Prime Minister’s level in New Delhi later this month or early September to find an amicable solution to the interstate border dispute, according to an official statement released here on Wednesday.
The development came a day after the two northeastern states held a ministerial-level discussion to resolve the decades-old border dispute.
Two Assam ministers Atul Bora and Ashok Singhal met with Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Wednesday and discussed the border issue.
During the meeting with Assam ministers, Mr Zoramthanga spoke with his counterpart in the neighboring state of Himanta Biswa Sarma and “both agreed to hold talks at the Prime Minister’s level in Delhi in late August or early September,” it said. the explanation.
Zoramthanga told Assam’s visiting ministers that his government would make efforts to resolve the border disputes amicably.
He emphasized the importance of mutual trust and understanding between the two states.
The prime minister said the border dispute between Mizoram and Assam “cannot be resolved overnight or overnight”, but steps should be taken to find solutions to the problems step by step.
Assam’s ministers said they have great confidence in Mr Zoramtanga, who has vast political experience.
They assured Mr Zoramthanga that the Assam government would take steps to resolve the border dispute in a manner acceptable to the people of both states.
A ministerial-level discussion was held in Aizawl on Tuesday, with both states agreeing to maintain peace and prevent any untoward incident along the border.
The two states signed a joint statement, proposing to hold meetings of deputy commissioners from neighboring districts at least once every two months.
Both states also agreed that economic activities, including agriculture, carried on by the people on both sides of the border should not be disrupted.
The two delegations also agreed to hold the next round of ministerial-level talks in Guwahati in October.
Three districts of Mizoram – Aizawl, Kolasib and Mamit – share a 164.6 km border with the Hailakandi, Karimganj and Cachar districts of Assam.
The border dispute between the two states is a long-standing issue, which arose from two colonial demarcations – 1875 and 1933.
The decades-old border dispute between the two northeastern states stemmed primarily from two colonial demarcations in 1875 and 1933.
Mizoram accepted the demarcation under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BERF) announced in 1875, covering vast areas now under Assam, as the actual border.
However, the Assam government said the demarcation made under the 1933 notification was the boundary of the constitution.
At least six police officers and a civilian from Assam died last year and about 60 people were injured in a clash that took place in a disputed area near the border between the two states.
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